EPIC Times
2016 July Newsletter
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Program Update

It was a very busy second quarter for EPIC. The teams prepared for tournament play with the kickoff event at Elgin Academy on April 9th, with each team played one individual game. The kickoff day was highlighted by the 15U Gold and Silver teams beating the Illinois Ballhawks 16U A and B teams, respectively. Also the EPIC 17U team beat the World Class Basketball Association "national" team by 1 point.

The very next weekend, the teams played in their first tournament. Great ball movement and team defense led to First place finishes for 9U/10U, 10U- A, 12U and 15U Silver! As the season continued through the end of May, each EPIC team won at least one tournament championship, with many winning multiple times. 

The last weekend in April, EPIC took the 13U-17U teams to Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo, WI. Expeditions Unlimited is a team bonding camp that has become a favorite amongst returning players. This year the boys battled rain and mud, as they completed many different team challenges. These challenges included getting each teammate over a 10 foot wall, crossing a creek on a 1/2 inch cord and overcoming obstacles on a high ropes course. The weekend camp, once again proved to be terrific for team chemistry and forming very strong bonds, within and between teams.

Parents got in on the fun at the EPIC Family Night at Danny's Pizza. This was a fun time for all players, parents, siblings to eat and hang out. Family night was the site of the big trip raffle drawing. 10U Ryan Sweeney's mom, Jessica was the big winner. Jessica had choices Hilton Head, Miami Beach or Seattle. Jessica and husband, Jamie will be going to Hilton Head next winter.

As the spring season came to a close, many players geared up for high school basketball camp and summer league. During the month of June many players made their mark, as 10U players, Lucas Crosby and Bryce Walker won MVP honors at Huntley camp. 15U teammates, Pierre Black and Keenon Cole capped off the season with a feature in a Daily Herald newspaper as players to watch in the area!


EPIC will be offerring small group training in September and October. This intense training will focus on ball handling, shooting and finishing. The attention to detail is a perfect way to improve skills and prepare for junior high and feeder team tryouts. This training is targeted for athletes of ALL ages. Please email Coach Justin ( to reserve your spot today!
Upcoming Events

Aurora Tourney:
July 30

National Summer Classic Tournament:
August 5th-7th

End of Season  Cookout
(Spring & Summer players):
August 21

Fall Training Camp:
Sundays in September

EPIC Winter Tryouts:
November 6th
Player's Spotlight- Kashmir Ivy
1. What school do you go to?
Larkin High School.

2. Where do you want to go to college? What are you going to study?
I'm looking at Columbia University at the moment. I'm studying in acting school.

3. How would your friends would describe you?
Funny. Outgoing. Annoying. Tough.

4. Who is your role model?
My brother Quentin because he teaches me so many life lessons and has never gave up on me always pushing me to become the best!

5. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
Make it to the NBA‚ help the ones in need, and teleportation.

6. How long have you played for EPIC?
3 years.

7. What advice do you have for the younger EPIC players?
Always push yourself to the next level!

Coach's Corner- Billy O'Herron
1. What do you do for a living? 
I am a Mathematics Teacher at J.S. Morton West High School. I teach Juniors (Advanced Algebra) and Seniors (College Algebra/Trigonometry).

2. What have you learned about yourself as a person and as a coach since coaching EPIC?
I’ve really learned about the patience required to be a successful basketball coach. As with any new skill a person won’t be able to master it after one try or one drill. You really have to be patient and work thorough skills meticulously. Especially with younger players. You need to tell them exactly what to do in order for them to truly master a skill. Coach Justin really helped me realize this and grow as a coach. I look forward to continuing to coach with EPIC and continuing to improve as a coach! 

3. Tell me about your weight loss journey? Why is it important? How far have you come? How much further do you need to go?
January of 2015 I weighed in at 325 pounds. I learned about the risks of obesity such as heart risks, diabetes, etc. So after college, I committed myself to eating healthy and exercising 5 days a week. I've lost 125 lbs in the last 18 months. I have 30 lbs to go, as my goal weight is 170lbs.

4. How have you grown as a person from your weight loss journey?
I learned that hard work pays off. I busted my butt every day to lose the pounds, and slowly but surely the weight began to go away. With the weight going away my happiness and confidence increased. It proves that when you set your mind to something, and have faith you’ll reach your goals and feel great about yourself after you finish. 

5. What are the biggest accomplishments from your weight loss journey?
In May of 2016, I completed the spring Chicagoland Marathon.

6. Tell us about your marathon?
The marathon was one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences of my life. Obviously, running 26.2 miles is a grueling task, even after months of training. Running the marathon was something I never would have thought I could accomplish. In my experience I suffered muscle cramps in my calves, and overall leg fatigue in the later miles. How I felt when I crossed the finish line there isn’t a feeling I can compare it to. I plan to run the Chicago marathon in 2017 and hopefully qualify for the Boston marathon in the future!   

7. What message would you like to tell your EPIC players?
WORK HARD. Don’t take the opportunity that you, your family, and the lord has granted you. The sky is the limit for all of the players in the EPIC family. If you dedicate yourself to the game, and continue to serve for the lord, the opportunities are endless!

Congrats Graduates!
The founding players of EPIC Hoopz are the members of the class of 2016. This talented group of young men have certainly made their mark on and off the court. The core was on the very first team that Coach Justin ever coached and spearheaded the launch of Hoopz U, which has evolved to the EPIC Hoopz program that we all know and love today!

One of the goals of EPIC is to position student athletes to continue their basketball career and studies in college. Please join us in acknowledging the players going on to play ball in college this fall.

Keion Adams- Aurora University D1 (Basketball/ Football)
Lavion Baldwin- Loras College D3 (Basketball)
Desmond Douglas- Elgin Comm. College Juco (Basketball)
J.T. Ford- Loras College D3 (Basketball)
AJ Hunter- Uni. of Wisconsin- Stout D3 (Football/ Basketball)
Damien Young- William Penn University NAIA (Basketball)

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